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EWGA Welcomes RBC Bank as Benefits Provider

Bank Locations to Serve as Collection Spots for Golf Club Donations

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, May 31, 2011 – RBC Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, has become a benefits provider for the EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association).

As part of their sponsorship, bank locations in select markets will serve as collection spots for donations to the EWGA Foundation's 'Drive for Dreams' campaign. Again this year, the program collects "gently used" golf clubs to benefit Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere (GIVE) and Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), two player development programs that support our nation's heroes.

"As a EWGA benefits provider and regional sponsor, RBC Bank is interacting directly with the communities that they serve," says Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA. "We appreciate their strong grass-roots commitment and involvement in the Drive for Dreams' program."

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, RBC Bank has more than 420 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network and 24/7 online and telephone banking across a six-state market. RBC is the official Bank of the PGA of America and Official Banking and Financial Services Partner of touring professionals Anthony Kim, Earnie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Morgan Pressel, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir.

"In celebration of RBC's partnership with the PGA of America, RBC Bank is proud to partner with golf associations with a grassroots footprint like the EWGA," said Shana Peterson-Sheptak, Regional Manager for South Florida, "We believe that golf teaches life-long skills and is a great activity for individuals and families alike."

The EWGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, with the support of local EWGA chapters and individual members across the United States launched the 'Drive For Dreams' outreach program in 2007. It was created to 'Give the Gift of Golf' - sharing one's good fortune with those less fortunate through contributions of golf equipment and other needed resources. The club donations are monetized, turning unwanted golf clubs into cash donations to the EWGA Foundation based on their fair market trade-in values with the support of the PGA of America and PGA Trade-in Network to facilitate the process. GIVE and SMGA have been named the designated recipients for the second consecutive year.

Since its founding in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA has touched the lives of more than 100,000 women connecting them to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and fun. This association delivers a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers at chapters throughout the United States and international chapters in Canada. The EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For more information about the association and its membership, visit www.ewga.com

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